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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pollard plays role of delivery guy

Former NBA and KU basketball star Scot Pollard, center, makes a UPS delivery to fellow KU basketball player Chris Piper's business Grandstand, during a ride-along with UPS driver Chris Taylor, left, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. UPS was making a promotional video of the special Jayhawk delivery.

Former NBA and KU basketball star Scot Pollard, center, makes a UPS delivery to fellow KU basketball player Chris Piper's business Grandstand, during a ride-along with UPS driver Chris Taylor, left, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. UPS was making a promotional video of the special Jayhawk delivery.

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UPS delivery by Scot Pollard

Former NBA and KU basketball star Scot Pollard took a turn as a guest UPS driver for a promotional video, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, and made one delivery at fellow KU basketball player Chris Piper's business Grandstand in Lawrence.

Scot Pollard led a UPS film crew through an Allen Fieldhouse hallway to the current Kansas University basketball locker room.

“Let’s go in there. Oops, let’s not. It’s not pretty in there, but it sure is pretty out here,” the former Kansas University forward/retired 11-year NBA veteran said, pointing to a 1997 Sports Illustrated March Madness cover hanging on the wall. It featured the 6-foot-11, 270-pounder tearing down a rebound with his left hand.

The bearded big man, who has acting experience, was the obvious choice to star in UPS’ promotional video program in which famous individuals deliver packages to unsuspecting customers. UPS, for example, has had previous “ride-alongs” with Florida coach Billy Donovan, Baylor coach Scott Drew, ESPN’s Jay Bilas, CBS’ Greg Anthony, former WNBAer Lisa Leslie, and Michigan’s Desmond Howard, among others.

Pollard and UPS driver Chris Taylor delivered some “swag” — as Pollard called it — to former KU forward Chris Piper’s Grandstand Glassware and Apparel of Lawrence as well as Hasty Awards of Ottawa, a supplier of youth sports awards owned by KU grad Steve Hasty.

“You’ve got to be the biggest delivery guy ever,” Piper said in accepting a KU/UPS backpack, a basketball and other assorted goodies.

Piper sat down for an interview with a UPS film crew and was asked to talk about how excited he was to have Pollard in his office.

“I’ll have to make that up then,” Piper said, needling Pollard as former players so often do when they meet up with each other.

“Usually you don’t get a 7-footer delivering packages to you, especially a guy by the name of Scot Pollard. Yeah I’m a little excited. I’ve known Scot a long time,” Piper added in the promotional spot.

Pollard — who played B.H. Born in the movie “Jayhawkers” and the lead role of Axeman in “Axeman at Cutter’s Creek” — also works in broadcasting.

“Mostly because of the ability to be relevant in this market still,” Pollard said, asked why he accepted the UPS gig. “I love KU. I get to talk about KU. This is a locally focused commercial (to appear on social media platforms and the UPS website). Desmond Howard did one at Michigan that was pretty cool. Anything helping with the university ... also I’m getting paid,” he added, laughing.

Pollard, who lives in Indianapolis, attended KU’s 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday in Indy.

“Fairly easy,” Pollard said, asked how the Jayhawks could quickly recover from the blowout defeat. “That (Kentucky) team obviously has the most talent in the country. I can’t think of a team that would have more talent than that. Their second five was dominant. They also are 15-16 days ahead because they got to play in the Bahamas (in August). They got to practice a little bit this summer.

“Not only are they very, very talented but they are a little bit ahead progressionwise. I think in another two weeks our team is going to look a lot better. If you hit pause on Kentucky’s development maybe we compete a little bit better in two weeks than we did this week. We’re not in tip-top form in the preseason, that’s why we play games like that. He (coach Bill Self) takes the temperature and gets an idea of what the team is like right now and hopefully you get a lot better as the season progresses. We’re going to be better in March than November.”

Of the 32-point margin of defeat, Pollard said: “In the NBA you get beat like that you’ve got a game the next night, but in college they are going to have some practices this week. They’ve got a game Monday (7 p.m. vs. Rider, Allen Fieldhouse). He’ll get ’em back in practice, they’ll be back to playing normal college basketball teams instead of NBA all-star teams and they’re going to be just fine.”

Comments

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

Good insight from Scot regarding UK having the early start on practice with the Bahamas trip. They're good regardless.

Edward Daub 5 years, 3 months ago

Pollard is certainly a Member of my All Crazy Team. I think KU can bounce back and ride herd on Rider. A little birdie told me that Bill Self is considering installing a Princeton Style of Offense.

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 3 months ago

All-Crazy NBA or all-Crazy Kansas teams? Who would be on your ALL-TIME CRAZY Kansas all-star team? I'm thinking Pollard and Nick Bradford are locks... who else was known to be a little nutty on or off the court in their KU days?

Edward Daub 5 years, 3 months ago

Elijah Johnson would start at point guard.

Joseph Bullock 5 years, 3 months ago

Pollard is exactly 100% correct, in saying K.U. is behind Kentucky, from a practice standpoint, which also gives a team a lot more rhythm, and timing. I knew that going in. Next season, K.U. will have an advantage, because they are playing in Korea! That being said, I was at the game, and there is absolutely "No Excuse" for getting beat by 32 points, if you are a Kansas basketball team!!! Also, to only score 12 points in the second half (especially after closing to 10, to end the first half), is totally unacceptable! But I am a JAYHAWK4LIFE, and have no doubt, that will will be a great team, when all is said and done, and I would love to play Kentucky again, when it really counts.

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 3 months ago

I don;t ever want to play that team again. Period! Some have been dreaming of the time when OAD's would have to stay 2 years. Well now you know what would happen. Kentucky would have 9 McD's AA instead of 4 or 5.

Michael Bennett 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, half their rotation guys would have simply gone pro right out of high school.

Yonatan Negash 5 years, 3 months ago

Question, if last years Kansas team was the first team to lose 10 games since the 1999-2000 season, any reason to expect this years team to do better?

John Pritchett 5 years, 3 months ago

Ummm, yeah? You can't compare this season to last's season in terms of difficulty. And we have a better team this year than last, top to bottom.

Yonatan Negash 5 years, 3 months ago

I hope you're right.

I wish I was as optimistic as you are.

Unfortunately, size or the lack there of will hurt us this season. I can see another 10 loses again.

John Randall 5 years, 3 months ago

If you want to see "another ten losses again," you'll need to watch other teams to supplement KU's record for 2014-15.

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